9 October Science 7–Virtual Day Plan–living things in our local environment

Happy Virtual Day in Science 7.

You can contact me at rfrazier@aes.ac.in

If you want to speak live, try facetime.

I will be watching email most of the day. I will be online for sure from 8:30-9:30 am, 2:30-3:30 pm and 10:00 to 11:00 am.

A. Start with a mindful moment on your own. Disconnect. Sit comfortably with good posture. Close your eyes. Breathe. Clear your mind for the day. Think of how amazing it is to be alive. What does it mean to be a living thing?

B. Review your previous DSN entry. Remember that you should have predicted what you think the result will be if a constant force is applied to a cart. This prediction should appear as a distance vs. time sketch graph AND as a written explanation of your thinking. We will carry out this experiment on Thursday.

C. Browse today’s blogpost. In it you will find the activity for our Virtual Day.

D. Create a new folder in your DSN called Biodiversity. You can move your partner tree folder into this new folder. Create todays DSN entry in the Biodiversity Folder. You only need to complete the activities described below. You do NOT need a separate entry for your DSN. The work you do today is the DSN entry for today.

E. Questions– email, reply to today’s blogpost, or even facetime if you have questions.

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See the plan below. The link goes to the same information.


Virtual Day Plan

October 9, 2018 – Day 3

A survey of your neighborhood.

In preparation for WOW and the science we will do there, we need to take the time to begin noticing and observing the natural world around us. What plants and animals can be found in the area near where you live? How many different types are there and can you see any relationships between them?


  1. Decide on the area around your home that you will observe. This could be the garden, a park a quiet street or anywhere else that you can safely make observations over time.
  2. Use google or another mapping program to generate an aerial map of this location. The map should be big enough to show the surrounding area, but small enough to see where you are with good accuracy.
  3. Observe this area for a minimum of 45 minutes. This could be in one single block or in two or three smaller ones. Your observations could be made during the day or in the evening.
  4. Record the time, date and weather conditions. You may also want to note what else is around the area (a construction site, a row of shops, a pond or pool, a highway, etc.).
  5. You can choose to survey any or all of the following:
    1. Trees
    2. Flowers
    3. Birds
    4. Other mammals, reptiles or insects
  6. Choose to observe things that are suitable to the area you are working in (For example – if you are 20 stories up in a highrise don’t try to observe cats on the ground).
  7. As you observe, take pictures and make sketches of the different organisms. You may use your ipad or another camera, but make sure the plant or animal is in focus and identifiable. Be sure to include captions for your photos and sketches. How many different kinds of things do you see within an individual category?
  8. How did you decide they are different?
  9. Describe the organisms you see – Use the resources below to aid your descriptions.


Create a new Google Doc. It needs to include your map, pictures or sketches and and observations (including date, time and weather). Write in complete sentences. If you used resources to help you identify what you observed list those as well.

This must be completed and submitted by 9:00pm on October 9, 2018. Submit this in your DSN entry in a folder called Biodiversity.

Observing living things:

How do we know what to look for?

Why is biodiversity important?

Biodiversity Survey Gorongosa Park in Mozambique–This is a really good video. Please watch.



Tree diagrams

Plants of India

Common Trees of Delhi


Most suitable trees for Delhi



The Seven S’s of Birding


  1. Shade 2. Size 3. Silhouette 4. Signs 5. Songs 6. Sweep 7. Surroundings

Some pictures of living things from this past weekend–east of Delhi 100+ km–near the Ganga. I have many pictures of living things from walking and biking around neighborhoods, the schoolyard, parks, nature areas in Delhi. It is amazing what you can see when you look and notice.

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